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Kevin, SLC Writing Tutor
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Should there be a transition sentence at the beginning of every paragraph?
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Mike, SLC Tutor
What exactly do you mean? If you mean should your essay flow consistantly, then yes...yes it should!
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matthew, SLC Tutor
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Hey Kevin,

     I usually use transition sentences at the ending of each of my paragraphs. One sentence can be used to help "transition" into your next topic! It allows the reader to follow all of your points in a clear manner.
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What is the difference between a transition sentence and a topic sentence?
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seda, slc tutor
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It would be preferable
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Thomas, SLC Tutor
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It is always a good idea for each paragrpah to transition nicely into the following. This helps with the flow of your paper and allows the reader to follow your thought process.
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Kate, SLC Tutor
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When you transition from one paragraph to the other, don't forget to link the two ideas with a transition at the end of the first paragraph and at the beginning of the second.
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Julia, SLC Writing Tutor
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A topic sentence introduces the main idea for that paragraph (pretty much summarizes the main point of the paragraph in one sentence), while a transitional sentence is usually placed before the topic sentence to ensure a smooth transition between the paragraphs and their main ideas so that the whole essay will have a better unity. To sum up, transitional sentences serve more as a link between the arguments and paragraphs and topic sentences introduce the main argument of the paragraph.
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Mike, SLC Tutor
Piggybacking off of what Julia previous wrote, a topic sentence basically provides the reader digest (summarized) version of the focal point of a given paragraph. On the other hand, transition sentences are typically inserted between paragraphs. In other words, transition sentences serve as the bridge between concepts or ideas. The smoother your “bridge”, the easier it will be to jump from one idea to another without breaking the chain that connects back to the central concept or main idea.
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